Name – Carter Savoie
Position – Left Wing
League – Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL)
Team – Sherwood Park Crusaders
Shoots – Left
Age/DOB: 18-years-old, Jan, 23rd, 2002
Nation – Canadian
Height – 5’10
Weight – 181 lbs
WHL Drafted: By Regina Pats, ninth round, 198th overall in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft
USHL Drafted: Dubuque Fighting Saints, fourth round, 56th overall in the USHL Futures Draft.
University Commitment: University Of Denver (NCAA)
Potential Draft Round – Late first/second round
Potential: Top-six Forward
Historic AJHL Goal Scorer
Sherwood Park Crusaders standout player Carter Savoie is in the midst of one of the top performances by a forward in their draft season that we have seen in a long time in the AJHL. With time still left in the season, Savoie sits third in league scoring with 87 points in just 47 games. His 48 goals are the highest total in the league this season and have already surpassed last seasons leading scorer Reed Morrison who potted 41 goals in 59 games.
With lots of time still left in the season, Savoie has a good chance to have the most goals in a single season in the AJHL in the past 10 seasons as he is on pace for 59 (if all 58 regular-season games are played). Over the past 20 AJHL seasons, the highest goal total in a single season was 61 goals in 62 games. If the season went up to 62 games and Savoie were to play in every game, he would have the most goals in a single season in the AJHL over the past 20-years and would be one of the younger players to do so.
Savoie is a highly-skilled forward who is expected to be selected in the late-first or second round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. A student at Denver University, one of his strongest assets is his shot. His accuracy and quick release allow him to capitalize on scoring chances before goaltenders have a chance to react fast enough.
He is constantly capitalizing on one-timers which is quick release and shot power. Another aspect of his game that allows him to find the back of the net so consistently is his pursuit of the puck. After getting the puck off of his stick for a shot, he follows the puck, making sure to get to the puck to try and convert on rebounds.
His abilities to track the puck in tight spaces and get the puck off of his stick in tight spaces are one of the big reasons why he is able to find the back of the net. Despite his scoring abilities, Savoie possesses good vision and an accurate pass that helps him find passing lanes to teammates in front of the net, this helping to create scoring chances.